It's Christmas! so, this time, we're irking the Daily Mail readers by actually not doing much to do with Christmas at all (Let's call it a Winterval special just to annoy them even more!). It's out end of the year best of 2018 spectacular!
We'll be counting down our favourite 30 songs of the year, plus discussing our favourite gigs of the year and also music we've discovered this year which didn't come out in 2018.
To explain how the voting works, we each picked our 10 favourite songs of the year, then for each list we each ranked them 1-10 giving 10 points to our favourite and 1 to the one we liked least on each list. we also had a bonus point we could assign to one song on either of the other people's lists (So Colin could only assign the bonus point to a song on either Tracey or Ian's list). Colin's wife then added all the points up and we didn't find out the order until we were recording, so all the reactions you'll hear are genuine.
Now admittedly, we are a little bit brutal to some of the songs on the list, but please remember that to be in the episode they have to have been in one of our top tens of the year!
Bands featured in this episode include Anaal Nathrakh, АИГЕЛ, The Atlas Moth, Author & Punisher, Big Russian Boss, Brooke Bentham, Church Of The Cosmic Skull, Clever Girl, The Common Cold, Corrosion Of Conformity, Dresden Dolls, Eels, Brian Eno/Kevin Shields, Epic45, Failure, Forest Swords, Four Stroke Baron, Gene, Ghost, Grouper, Half Man Half Biscuit, Ho99o9, Khruangbin, Laibach, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Metric, Malcolm Middleton, Mogwai, Neurosis, Pale Waves, Peaness, Josh T. Pearson, The Prodigy, Nathan Salsburg, Soccer Mommy, Stars Of The Lid, Superorganism, These Are End Times, Tropical Fuck Storm, Ulrika Spacek, Young Scum, and Kamasi Washington.
Our best of the 2018 playlist is in alphabetical order here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4lViEhQts56qhKxRsCIyxt?si=0GSt2FKfRdSxqE-8NQc99Q
and our songs we discovered in 2018 playlist is here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4DCW3ivdah5zAkolCHkfXB?si=rtpmEoabRh6vrFS7EAcKpw
Oh and there's a fairly important announcement at the end of the episode so make sure you listen all the way through.
Merry Christmas, and thanks so much to everyone who's listened and argued or agreed with us in 2018, see you next year!